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What Do I Do with All this Paperwork?. How to organize your child’s papers. What to do first?. Gather any paperwork that has do with your child Divide them into categories Put them in date order Get a 3-ring binder (rookies) Get a 3-ring binder & portable file drawer (veterans).

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What do i do with all this paperwork

What Do I Do with All this Paperwork?

How to organize your child’s papers

What to do first
What to do first?

  • Gather any paperwork that has do with your child

  • Divide them into categories

  • Put them in date order

  • Get a 3-ring binder (rookies)

  • Get a 3-ring binder & portable file drawer (veterans)

Binder categories
Binder Categories

  • Current Year’s IEP

  • Current work samples (with dates)

  • Most Current Evaluation(s)

  • Progress reports/Reports cards/ IEP Goal Updates

  • Communications

Current year s iep
Current Year’s IEP

  • This is the document created at the end of the year meeting.

  • Put it in a sheet protector or just hole punch it.

  • Any amendments made to the IEP

Current work samples
Current Work Samples

  • Anything that comes home with a grade on it

  • Anything you think shows progression or regression

  • Anything coming home in progress or report cards

  • Always put a date on it

Progress report iep goal updates
Progress/Report/IEP Goal Updates

  • When these reports come home:

    • Take the work samples you have collected to that point

    • Place them behind the report

    • Email or call the teacher with any questions about the reports

    • Purge as needed

Latest evaluation
Latest Evaluation

  • Copy of the most current psych evaluation

  • Cheat Sheet of psych terms

    • (coming soon)


  • Any emails or notes on a particular subject

  • Meeting notices

  • Discipline notices

  • Anything you get from the school that you feel is important

File drawer categories
File Drawer Categories

  • Past Year’s IEPs (newest to oldest)

  • Standardized Test Results

  • Past Evaluations

Past years ieps
Past Years’ IEPs

  • The previous IEP

  • Work samples

  • The last (or all) reports cards

  • Any communications

  • Rubber band these all together


  • School psych evaluations

  • Private evaluations

  • Copies of the surveys you completed for the evaluations

Why organize
Why organize?

  • Take your binder (and portable file drawer) with you to conferences and IEP meetings.

  • You have the appearance of being prepared for the IEP meeting, even if you don’t feel it.

  • You have any report that may come up in discussion.

  • You know where the item is when you want to show your point.

  • Your child’s progress for the year(s) is all in one place (or 2 places for the veterans).

Why bring it with you
Why Bring It With You?

  • You can look on as reports are discussed.

  • You may have something that the school does not have.

  • The information is at your fingertips.

  • You can be an informed and involved parent who participates in the development of your child’s IEP.

What if i do not have everything
What if I do not have everything?

  • You may come to the office and look at your child’s file.

  • If there is anything that you do not have, you have the right to have a copy of it.

  • Call and make an appointment with our records clerk, Connie Kelly. Her phone number is 770-460-3911 ext. 245.


  • “This is not so much a code, it is more of a guideline.”

  • This is a starting point.

  • Find what works for you.

  • Date everything - because you are not going to remember.

  • Purge as needed - I do not support being a pack rat.

Questions or problems
Questions or Problems

  • Please call or email me if you have any questions or need help with organizing or anything at all

    • [email protected]

    • 770-460-3911 ext. 239 – if it rings back to the front office, please leave a message OR call

    • Work cell phone – 770-668-6314

Have a Happy

IEP Season!